Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1994

Abstract

Most people consider the proper distribution of their property on death a vitally important matter. For those who are elderly, ill or engaged in risky occupations, it is often urgent to get such things settled fast. But some people may be in circumstances where they cannot comply with the formal requirements for a valid will. The law has long recognized this concern in the case of soldiers and sailors by allowing them to create privileged wills. Many jurisdictions, including Singapore, have legislation to this effect. This article seeks to determine if there remains a place for the privileged will today. The rationale behind them will be compared to interpretations placed by courts on modern-day provisions recognizing privileged wills. It will be shown that there is still a role for the privileged will and that it should be redefined, not removed.

Keywords

Wills and succession law, privileged wills of soldiers and sailors, personal property

Discipline

Asian Studies | Law

Research Areas

Law, Society and Governance

Publication

Singapore Law Review

Volume

15

First Page

171

Last Page

192

ISSN

0080-9691

Publisher

National University of Singapore Faculty of Law

Additional URL

http://ssrn.com/abstract=643402

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